Start by placing your thumbs on your cheekbones close to your ears, and use your fingertips to gently apply pressure and rub the temples (the soft spot between the corner of your eye and your ear).
Using very firm pressure and a tiny circular motion, gradually move your fingers up along your hairline until they meet in the middle of your forehead, massaging your entire forehead and scalp as you inch along.
Technique to Relieve Neck Tension
While you are sitting there at the computer, mold your hands over your shoulders. Exhale, letting your head drop back as you slowly squeeze your fingers towards your palms, gliding up the muscles of your back and shoulders towards your neck.
Now, rest your elbows on your desk, allowing your head to drop forward slightly. Massage your neck from your shoulders to the base of your skull using your fingertips to make small deep circles into the muscles on either side of your spine.
Place both hands on the back of your head, interlacing the fingers. Drop your head forward and allow the weight of your elbows to pull your head gently down, stretching the muscles of your neck and those that run down your back.
Or even better, here is a video version of a self-given neck massage.
It’s not hard to figure out what feels good, but there is also a lot more science and specificity than you think to making it feel good. That’s why massage therapists receive extensive training. Some of you might appreciate this detailed, illustrated set of instructions (PDF) that outlines a combination of stretches, self-massage, and pressure points to relax stiff shoulders. Cover shot below.